When it comes to your politics, what would it take to shift your position? Are you stone cold committed to the end, or will you flex your stance to accommodate new information or a shift in circumstances? Where you stand on the political spectrum may provide some interesting insights into how likely it is that you would consider a new policy, and what it would take to persuade you.
Many of the questions in personality research are geared towards figuring out which came first, the chicken or the egg. For example, do your personality traits determine what happens to you, or do the events and conditions in your life change your personality?
Does your personality influence what you do with your life and the decisions you make, or do life events and decisions influence your personality?
It’s now generally accepted that the environment plays a role in personality development, especially over the course of one’s formative years. But how? What factors steer an individual in one direction or another? How do life events, especially in early adulthood, shape an individual’s lasting personality?
In a previous post, we talked about how job satisfaction varies widely from one personality type to another. Some types overwhelmingly give their jobs high ratings, while others seem to dread every day in the salt mine. So what’s going on here? Why are some personality types so much more satisfied on the job?
Why do you vote the way you do? Is it because of a candidate’s platform or because he or she made a good first impression on you? How do you evaluate an unknown candidate? Well, you may just be surprised by the answer.
Who You Vote for Is a Lot about You
With the mid-term elections behind us and the presidential elections less than two years away, voting behaviors are a hot topic. So, what makes people vote the way they do?
When a member of the rock band he played in during college hung the nickname “Spench” on Michael French, it never occurred to him that this moniker would have an extended lifespan. But after its resurrection a few years later at the hands of friends, the name stuck. Now, almost everyone who knows Michael well refers to him as Spench.
It’s the thing we all want to know: What is the key to happiness? How can we find more enjoyment in life? The absolute glut of articles offering the inside secret to enduring happiness indicates this is something a lot of people wish they knew more about.
Are people happy because they’re extraverts, or are they extraverts because they’re happy?
Decades’ worth of research has shown that some people tend to enjoy their lives just a little bit more, experiencing higher highs and greater levels of momentary happiness than others. They’re called extraverts. In one study done by Wido G. M. Oerlemans and Arnold B. Bakker, they note:
Recent research on extraversion and what it really means to be an Extravert has us questioning our notions of what the “People People” are really all about.
Most of us think of Extraverts as people who are noticeably friendly, outgoing and chatty. When psychologists talk about extraversion in the context of the Big Five model of personality, they're referring to a collection of traits encompassing sociability, processing externally (i.e. thinking out loud) and talkativeness.